NFL Draft 2022: Eagles’ 2nd round opportunities from Mel Kiper Jr.

Do not forget the second round.

Although there has been so much attention on the Eagles’ first-round pick in this month’s draft, they also have three picks on Day 2, including a No. 51 first-round pick.

For a franchise that has done quite well in the second round, it is a really valuable choice.

This week at a national conference call, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. asked about the possibilities for the Eagles in the second round.

“Depending on what they do in the first round,” Kiper said, “it’s going to dictate a lot about it.”

Here, the named Kiper is mentioned, as he reviewed job opportunities, below the answer:

Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia: In his last mock draft, the Kiper had the Eagles using a first-round pick on Nakobe Dean, but during the conference call, it allowed the Eagles to typically dislike spending first-rounders on linebackers. “Channing Tindall is a versatile linebacker who has great speed and will also be a special teamer,” he said. Dean and Quay Walker are the two best linebackers from Georgia, and they’re the reason Tindall has flown under the radar. Tindall did not start a single game for the Bulldogs, but he was a big part of the rotation and has the athletics to really thrive on the next level.

Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinatti: Kiper had the Eagles take on Chris Olave in the first round of his most recent mock, but admitted there will be opportunities in the second round on the position. Pierce (6-3, 211), caught 52 passes for 884 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2021. He’s a big receiver who can make really hard catches, as we saw at the Senior Bowl a few months ago.

Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan: Under-sized at 5-9, 195 pounds, Moore exploded in 2021, catching 95 passes for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns playing inside and out in Western Michigan. He went to the combine and really helped his draft with a time of 4.41 in the 40.

George Pickens, WR, Georgia: The big 6-foot-3 wideout played in just five games in 2021 thanks to a knee injury, but he is a legitimate option in the second round that the Eagles had visiting. Pickens is big, explosive and plays the game with an edge that can sometimes get him in trouble.

Drake Jackson, Edge, USC: Kipper’s last mockery went two rounds and Jackson was the player he gave the Eagles at 51. Jackson (6-3, 273) had 12 1/2 sacks in 28 games at USC. Jackson was much lighter at the combine, but has worked to take good on the side. He has played OLB and DE in college and would offer some versatility at the next level. Jackson needs to find the balance between the weight / power with the explosiveness he had when he was lighter.

DeAngelo Malone, Edge, Western Kentucky: Malone (6-3, 243) was Conference USA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2021, as he had 9 sacks and 17 1/2 tackles for losses. He ran 4.54 on his pro day and has good athleticism and speed around the edge. The Eagles had him visiting.

Boye Mafe, Edge, Minnesota: It is very possible that Mafe (6-3, 261) will be gone when the Eagles draft in the second round. Some believe Mafe would be a choice in the first round, so this would represent a seemingly solid value. Mafe had 7 sacks and 10 TFLs in 2021 in 13 games.

Myjai Sanders, Edge, Cincinnati: Two Cincinnati players came on Kipper’s list. Hey, the Eagles have had luck with the Bearcats before. Sanders (6-5, 228) was actually more productive in 2020 than he was in 2021, but was a first-team All-ACC player both seasons. With his slim frame, Sanders can appear as a 3-4 outside linebacker or, in the case of the Eagles, an edge-rushing SAM linebacker.

“So there will still be some outside pass-rushers on the board at that point,” Kiper said. “They always like that kind of guys. And there will potentially be a wide receiver who is attractive if they pass one in the first round. I think they will come out of this draft with some really good players, and “they want to strengthen these areas of need. But how do they attack it? Do they go in the first round receive or wait? It will be fun to see how it develops because there is a certain depth in that position.”

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